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Data Can Move Without Leaking — Eliminate Four Flaws in Your Mobile Information Protection Strategy

Published: 28 October 2015

ID: G00291005

Analyst(s): John Girard, Brian Reed


CISOs must remember that the ultimate goal of attacks is to obtain information. Typical security defenses fail in mobile settings because they protect boundaries rather than the information itself, and mobile users do not respect traditional boundaries. The information itself must be protected.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Eliminate the Four Flaws in Your Current Mobile Information Protection Strategy
    • Do Not Assume That Information Is Public Unless Otherwise Indicated
    • Do Not Assume That Basic Data at Rest Encryption (File, Folder, Drive) and Data in Motion Encryption (VPN) Are the Best Efforts to Protect Information on Mobile Devices
    • Do Not Assume That Your Information Is Not Important Enough to Make You a Target for a Data Breach, and/or That the Chances of a Leak Are Too Small to Bother
    • Do Not Assume That Your Investors, Customers and Supply Chain Will Accept Excuses After a Breach
  • Ensure Your Security Strategy Follows the Fundamentals of Mobile Information-Centric Security
  • Implement Mobile Information-Centric Security
    • Protection for Emails and Common Data Access Portals
    • Containment Solutions
    • Enterprise Digital Rights Management Solutions
  • Design a Implementation Roadmap for Mobile Information-Centric Security Technologies Based Upon Organizational Objectives

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